Musings and Leadings

The ideas and musings of Ashley M. Wilcox

I am a recorded Quaker minister and a lawyer, originally from Anchorage and currently living in Atlanta. I share an apartment with my partner Troy and our two orange cats. I am a member of Freedom Friends Church and a sojourning member of Atlanta Friends Meeting. In addition to reading and writing, I enjoy a good laugh, running, yoga, knitting, and singing. To learn more about me, click here.

A Blessing

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and queer people,
You are beloved children of God

Women, men, transgender, intersex, and non-binary people,
You are beloved children of God

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Lessons from Vashti (Esther 1:10-22)

The book of Esther famously does not mention God.  As someone who is spending time with this passage and looking for God in it, this is where I find God.  I find that spark of the divine in Vashti when she says no.

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Church of Mary Magdalene 2: Beginnings

I tell Hannah about a dream I had the night before about preaching for women. I dreamed that when I looked out at the congregation, the chairs were mostly empty, but there were women sitting in chairs near the back. As I looked out at them, the women moved their chairs to the front to listen to me preach.

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Church of Mary Magdalene 1: State of the Church

Church of Mary Magdalene is a place where women preach. It is a community where the voices of women, queer people, and others on the margins are centered. This is not just a worship where women and queer people are welcome, but rather a worship by and for women and queer people.

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Recorded Minister Report for 2016

My New Year’s resolution for 2016 was to embrace the new, and there were a lot of new things this year!  The first few months were my last semester at Candler School of Theology.  I devoted most of that time to working on my thesis, “Dangerous Women’s Bodies: Stories of How Women Ministers are Threatening and Threatened.”

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New Beginnings

It's a little intimidating to start a new blog.  When I began the blog A Passionate and Determined Quest for Adequacy back in 2008, I was in the middle of a life-changing call to ministry and I needed a place to talk about it.  In that first year, I wrote in a flurry, sharing all of the new and exciting things happening in my life and ministry.

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